Tom Corless at WDW News Today
When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in 2019 at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, it will likely be the first location to use what Disney is calling “Magic Power”, a wireless charging system that will be able to recharge devices such as interactive Star Wars gadgets and even the autonomous droid characters that will inhabit and interact with guests on the planet Batuu in the new theme park land.
Before I owned an iPhone with wireless charging, I always scoffed at the idea of Qi charging. Qi (pronounced chee) is the technology that allows your phone to be charged if you place it on a Qi-enabled pad. I mean, it’s not “true” wireless charging if I have to put it on a special pad, right? When I bought my iPhone X, I was pleasantly surprised to find it really is much more convenient to have Qi chargers around my house and office. Of course, we’re all still looking forward to the day where we can walk into our home and our phones just start charging in our pockets.
While there have been some developments in “true” wireless technology, I wouldn’t get too excited about your next phone having this tech. Phone manufacturers not only have to develop the technology, they also have to make sure it’s safe and functional to hundreds of millions of homes. In 2017 Apple sold over 200 million iPhones. Getting tech to perform reliably on that scale takes time.
Disney doesn’t have to worry about that scale, as Galaxy’s Edge will be a much more controlled environment. Sure it’s not a tech lab, but it’s a heck of a lot better than putting this tech into every bedroom in America. Not only that, it looks like Disney isn’t yet looking to charge thousands of guests phones, but instead their own tech like light sabers and droids.
If this actually does come to pass, I don’t see Disney ever being too public with guests about it. The whole point of this would be to further immerse their guests in the Star Wars universe. Your lightsaber that you just bought with space bucks will just magically work. It’s not Disneys style to pull back the curtain.
P.S. - My initial reaction to the light saber idea was “what, so this thing just won’t work when i’m at home?” Said the guy who went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and happily bought a $50 stick.